Endless Summer Fun: Drink For Free
Brandywine Valley Wine Trail
Eight wineries along the Route 1 corridor — among them Chaddsford, Stargazers, Penns Woods, and brand-new Black Walnut — have united to offer a tour-and-taste bonanza. Though organized tastings tend to cost $5 to $8, most of the wineries are happy to pour you free tastes of individual wines, so long as they don’t think you’re a deadbeat (in other words, at least act like you’re a prospective buyer). Find directions, info on individual vineyards, hours, a map and more at Bvwinetrail.com.
Bucks County Wine Trail
Eight wineries, including Peace Valley, Buckingham Valley, Crossing Vineyards and New Hope, also all with tastings — and nice cool wine cellars in which to while away a hot summer day. Get directions, links to vineyard websites, a map, special-event info and the like at Buckscountywinetrail.com.
South Jersey Wine Trail
Jersey’s got grapes, too, including a “Walk in the Vineyard” Wine Trail Weekend on July 11th and 12th. Stop at Amalthea Cellars in Atco, Cape May Winery, Hopewell Valley, Wagonhouse Winery and many more; maps, etc., at Newjerseywines.com.
Yards Brewing Company
Kick your weekend off with free tours on Saturdays, starting from noon and with the last tour at 3 p.m., at the new Yards brewery at 901 North Delaware Avenue.
Philadelphia Brewing Company
Same Saturday noon-to-3 p.m. deal, at the brewery in Kensington.
Victory Brewing Company
Free tours and tastes Fridays and Saturdays at 4 p.m. at the Downingtown brewery. Ladies, leave the flip-flops at home; closed-toe shoes required.
Flying Fish Brewing Company
Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m., in Cherry Hill — but sometimes the staff’s at special summer events, so FF suggests you e-mail before you visit to make sure they’re open.
One More for the Road
The restaurant includes two different wines with its $40 Wednesday-night four-course prix-fixe dinner — one of this year’s Food & Wine “50 Trends to Try.”